WEEKEND IN CRACOW

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Day 1       Arrival in CRACOW
Arrival in Cracow (Cracow Airport). Transfer to the hotel and check-in. In the evening, dinner in the Old Town.

Day 2             CRACOW – Old Town
Breakfast. Guided walking tour to discover the charms of Cracow's Old Town. Sightseeing starts at Wawel Hill - a visit to the cathedral with the Royal Tombs and the Zygmunt Bell, and a stroll around the castle courtyard. Then visiting the Royal Castle with an exhibition housed in one of the most beautiful and biggest castles in Poland: Royal Chambers, Crown Treasury and Armoury, the Lost Wawel, Oriental Art, Dragon's Den (open only in summer). Next, a walk along the Old Town lanes along the Royal Route: Kanonicza street and Grodzka street. On the way, among others, the Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University, the oldest university building in Cracow - for a stroll around the courtyard with its picturesque galleries. Walk to the Main Square of the Old Town – the biggest marketplace of medieval Europe. Sightseeing ends with a visit to St. Mary’s Basilica and a chance to see the one of the largest Gothic altars in Europe a priceless altarpiece, carved in linden wood in the 15th century by Veit Stoss. Leisure time - shopping in the Main Square, where the commercial traditions date back to the Middle Ages and an evening stroll around the beautifully illuminated city centre. Dinner at one of the restaurants in the Old Town. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay. Evening at a pub – for those interested.

Day 3      CRACOW – Jewish Quarter: Kazimierz / Departure from Cracow
Breakfast. Check-out. Drive to the former Jewish quarter – Kazimierz. A stroll along narrow streets will be an opportunity to discover the Jewish tradition and its significance to the history of Cracow. The old Jewish cemetery, medieval impressive churches, scenic narrow streets and various cafeterias. Several synagogues have been preserved there – the oldest one dates back to the 15th century. Stroll through the historical lanes that have an unforgettable vibe. Transfer to the airport (Cracow Airport.)
 

Additional tourist and cultural attractions of Cracow:

  • The traces of Jewish Culture – Schindler’s factory (presented in Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List); the exhibition presents the experience of Polish and Jewish citizens of Cracow during World War II. Dinner in a local restaurant in the Kazimierz District serving Jewish cuisine, accompanied by a concert of klezmer music.
  • The Underground of the Main Market Square – The biggest and most modern underground museum in the world. Tourist route leads through the underground areas of the Main Market Square. A trip underground takes us back to the Middle Ages.
  • Kościuszko Mound – erected by the citizens of Cracow; offers a beautiful, panoramic view of the city.
  • Cloth Hall Museum (Sukiennice) – exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the masters of Polish 19th century art.
  • The tower of St. Mary’s Basilica - a perfect place to admire the view of Cracow and to see, up close, the spot where the famous trumpet call – the Heynal – is played every hour.
  • A visit to the Czartoryski Museum housing a rich art collection, including Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting "Lady with the Ermine".
  • A horse-drawn cart ride through the Old Town streets.
  • Boat cruise on the Vistula River.
  • Play at Juliusz Słowacki Theatre.
  • Concert at the Philharmonic Hall.
  • Performance at the Opera House.
  • Wieliczka (10 km from Cracow), the UNESCO-listed Salt Mine, that has been in operation since the Middle Ages. For sightseer, there is a special route leading through an extraordinary fairytale world of corridors, chambers and galleries. Among Wieliczka's treasures are amazing chapels carved into the salt. The most famous is the stunningly beautiful Chapel of St. Kinga decorated with salt sculptures and chandeliers made of salt crystals. After the tour of the Salt Mine lunch at the underground restaurant.
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau - Nazi extermination camp, a symbol of martyrdom and a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Almost 1.5 million prisoners lost their lifes in the camp, most of them Jews from Poland and Central Europe, as well as Poles. A tour of the camp includes the Auschwitz permanent exhibition, the primary camp set up by the Nazis in 1940, and the most important parts of Birkenau: the former camp area, barracks, the unloading ramp and ruins of gas chambers and crematoria.
  • Ojcowski National Park, a place which is waiting to be entered onto UNESCO list of World Heritage. The scenic river valley with 60 meter high slopes is dotted with fantastic lime rock formations. Visit in the ruins of the medieval Ojców Castle as well as the mighty Pieskowa Skała Castle, now the museum of historical interiors.
  • Zakopane - 2-day tour to the town located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, boasting its own original architectural style. Arrival at the hotel in Zakopane and check-in. In the afternoon free time to stroll along Krupówki street with a chance to buy local arts and crafts as well as the famous oscypek cheese. In the evening, dinner at an inn with the sound of highlander music. Next day after breakfast check-out of hotel. Funicular rail line ride to Gubałówka, on foot to Butorowy Peak, and down by chairlift. Return to the town centre along Kościeliska street, the oldest street in Zakopane, featuring historical regional architecture. A tour of the Zakopane Style Museum at Villa Koliba and cemetery on Pęksowy Brzyzek. Drive back to Cracow.

Price on request 

  • Accommodation:
    2 nights in a twin room in 3* hotel in the city centre of Cracow
  • Board:
    - 2 x breakfast
    - 2 x dinner
  • Sightseeing programme including service of an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees: Wawel Hill (Cathedral), St. Mary’s Church,
  • Transfers from/to the airport and transportation by bus according to the programme
  • Assistance of a proffesional English speaking tour leader

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